Friday, April 07, 2017


Photo: People were seen running after a truck crashed into the mall earlier this afternoon
'At least five people dead' after truck crashes into a group of pedestrians in Stockholm shopping centre and gunman opens fire

By Isobel Frodsham and Abe Hawken 

Photo: Blood was seen on the streets outside of the shopping centre where five people are said to have been killed

Up to five people are believed to have been killed when a stolen truck rammed into shoppers in Stockholm today.

Police said the vehicle crashed into a group of people on the street outside a shopping centre.
Shots were heard being fired and the driver, who was wearing a balaclava, is said to have escaped, according to witnesses.
There were also reports of shots at a second incident.
A Swedish radio reporter said she had seen at least five dead bodies, Aftonbladet reported.
The truck is understood to have been stolen or hijacked from a Spendrups brewery.
The incident took place at Ahlens Mall in Klarabergsgatan.
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven immediately confirmed that the incident was a terror attack.
Hundreds of shoppers were seen fleeing for their lives after the articulated truck rammed into the corner of the building.
Armed police were scrambled to the scene and were seen marching into the store.
Police spokeswoman Towe Hagg said: 'A vehicle has injured people on Drottningatan.'
Police have also said this is a suspected terrorist incident.
Witnesses described seeing a 'lone man' put a balaclava over his face before he drove the drunk into crowds of people.
White substance was seen being sprayed on to the vehicle earlier today.
Anna who witnessed the incident, said: 'I saw hundreds of people ran, they ran for their lives.
'I turned and ran as well.'
Eyewitness Jan Granroth was inside a shoe shop when he heard screams.

He told Swedish daily paper Aftonbladet: 'We stood inside a shoe store and people started screaming.
'So I looked out of the store and I saw a huge truck slam into the wall opposite.'
Mr Granroth managed to escape after running through an emergency exit.
Another witness, called Dimitris, described the panic and saw 'at least' two people being run over.
He said: I went to the main street when a big truck came out of nowhere. I could not see if anyone was driving it but it got out of control.
'I saw at least two being run over - I ran as fast as I could.'
A woman, called Anna, witnessed the incident and described seeing 'hundreds of people running for their lives'.
She said: 'I turned and ran after seeing hundreds of people running, they ran for their lives.'
Shocking video footage showed hundreds of terrified shoppers sprint for their lives after the truck rammed into pedestrians.
Just moments after the suspected terrorist incident, armed police wearing gas masks quickly rushed to the scene and shut off the busy road in the centre of the capital.
Maria Nathalie was on the top floor of the store when the fire alarm was triggered.
Speaking on the phone, she told NBC: 'People started running down the stairs when the fire alarm started.
'When we came down to the bottom of the building all we could see was a lot of smoke.'
This comes after trucks were used in terror attacks in Nice and Berlin last year. A car was also used to kill pedestrians in the Westminster Bridge two weeks ago which killed five people.



Trump's debut as commander-in-chief
By Mike Allen

Last night's strike on Syria, on Day 77 of the Trump presidency, was the first time the nation and the world had seen him act as commander-in-chief. He moved quickly and decisively, but now is a central player in what CNN's Fareed Zakaria last night called "one of the most complicated international crises I've ever seen in my life."

Truth is: Trump, for months, has been telling people in private to expect an unexpectedly harsh response to Syrian aggression.
The attack had the ancillary effect of separating Trump from Putin, who views the the strikes as "aggression against a sovereign state in violation of the norms of international law," and believes the attack was done under a "trumped-up pretext," according to his spokesman.
Trump aides say they're proud of his decision. A senior administration official gave me this window into the president's thinking:
The White House sees this as "leadership week": the decision to order a missile strike on Syria after its deadly nerve-agent attack on its own citizens, including children; a prime-time announcement to the nation from Mar-a-Lago last night, in which Trump said, "God bless America and the entire world"; his assertive stance on North Korea, with the rogue state testing him by firing a ballistic missile; and meetings with the heads of state of Egypt, Jordan and, continuing today, China.
Trump had said Wednesday that the chemical attack "crossed a lot of lines for me ... innocent children, innocent babies — babies, little babies." The official said: "Nothing clarifies the mind like seeing those images."
The official said that in his response to the grim, moving photos, Trump was acting partly as a father and a grandfather. As he said said on the campaign trail, he consulted his generals. He took the briefings, discussed the options, then acted after "years of dithering" by the United States, the official added.
From Trump's three-minute statement to the nation from Mar-a-Lago at 9:40 p.m.: "Tonight, I call on all civilized nations to join us in seeking to end the slaughter and bloodshed in Syria, and also to end terrorism of all kinds and all types. We ask for God's wisdom as we face the challenge of our very troubled world. We pray for the lives of the wounded and for the souls of those who have passed.
"And we hope that as long as America stands for justice, then peace and harmony will, in the end, prevail. Good night. And God bless America and the entire world. Thank you."



After bruising and historic battle, US Senate confirms Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court on Friday, filling the critical ninth seat that has been vacant for over a year.
The 54-45 vote came after Senate Republicans changed the rules to no longer require a super majority.